Weekly Tales: The Grey Grocer (Part 3)

And now, the third and final installment of “The Grey Grocer”.  Hang on to your hat.   Mr. Greg’s eyes rolled around in their wet sockets and eventually locked in on Phil.  Phil sucked in a deep breath and managed to stand up just as Mr. Greg’s mouth formed the word “Dogs!” “Dogs in theContinue reading “Weekly Tales: The Grey Grocer (Part 3)”

What Could Have Been: When One of Your Ideas Ends Up On Screen

I have been writing since the age of 14.  I began writing because I took a high school creative writing class and found that my peers at the time thought I had a knack for it and also I loved doing it.  I loved the process, the meticulous nature of it, and the joy IContinue reading “What Could Have Been: When One of Your Ideas Ends Up On Screen”

Pulling Back on the Reigns

I’ve never really ridden in a horse drawn carriage much in life, (but if these gas prices keep going up I may soon do so) but I think of the horse drawn carriage as a perfect metaphor for my writing process. Think of the horse as the wild animal of my imagination, the carriage as the finished product,Continue reading “Pulling Back on the Reigns”

To Be Verb or Not To Be Verb

In the fall of 1990 (gosh that dates me) I attended one of my first college creative writing courses.  I had graduated from high school in ’89, and was known as a writer of horror fiction in my small rural school.  Suddenly I found myself in a bigger pond with bigger fish and felt completelyContinue reading “To Be Verb or Not To Be Verb”

The Amazing Amanda Hocking

Listening to NPR yesterday in the car I heard a story about Amanda Hocking, the best selling e-novelist who is now a $2 million signed author.  I was encouraged by her amazing story. Amanda is a high school grad with some community college courses under her belt who is from a small town and didContinue reading “The Amazing Amanda Hocking”

Weekly Tales: The Grey Grocer (Part 1)

Every Thursday I have decided to get the writing juices flowing by writing an installment of a serialized story. It is kind of like flash fiction, but I do not know how long the story will be or how many installments I will write.  I will generally write installments until the story reaches a pointContinue reading “Weekly Tales: The Grey Grocer (Part 1)”

Fun With Mindnode

I have seen many posts recently from writers who agonize over organization or simply coming up with great ideas.  My suggestion is to pop on over to Mindnode and download a copy of their program today. Mindnode is a program that works like a virtual chalkboard.  Upon opening the program, you are given a blank screenContinue reading “Fun With Mindnode”

Warning: Self Publishers Beware!

I received another e-mail today from a vanity press which shall remain nameless.  I published my first book through them about two years ago and since then have learned several lessons about self-publishing that I would like to pass on any budding novelist who is considering walking down the vanity press route. The e-mail IContinue reading “Warning: Self Publishers Beware!”

The Importance of Outlining

I have taught Advanced Placement writing for over 13 years and have been a writer for over 25 years.  I can tell you that one of the most important skills a writer can develop is an ability to outline. First of all, I want to make sure that the reader understands the difference between outliningContinue reading “The Importance of Outlining”

Bored With Your Own Writing: 5 Things To Do To Not Become Stagnant

I wrote 6 chapters and did tons of research on my latest novel until I really hit my stride and found out that I would have to rewrite the entire thing.  I’m still writing a post-apocalyse novel about the biblical end times, but the effort I put into the first six chapters bored me silly.Continue reading “Bored With Your Own Writing: 5 Things To Do To Not Become Stagnant”